Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  It is cold out there, 10 degrees.  The wind chill is currently -2 degrees.  This is not a good day to go fishing.

It’s going to get worse, starting tonight.  We are now under a winter storm warning.  Snow will start falling tonight. By Tuesday morning, we can expect to have 4 to 8 inches on the ground.  Snow accumulations could be higher in the mountains.  This will be our only winter storm, so far, this year. More freezing rain and snow is predicted next weekend. 

Temperatures this week will be frigid with lows in the teens down to minus zero.  It is going to be windy too.  This does not look good.  They are calling it, “Winter Storm Neptune”.  We may see ice instead of snow at times this week.

All we can do is wait and hope the power doesn’t go out.

Fishing in the Smokies is out of the question.  Don’t even think about it.  The water temperature in Little River is 35 degrees at 6:35 am.  That number will dip to freezing soon, maybe today.

Today is bookkeeping day for me.  I’ll be at the shop doing that.

Well, we are more than half way through February.  March is close.  Last year, on March 1st, fishermen had been seeing quill gordons and blue quills on the water.  The high temperature that day was predicted to be 60 degrees.  On March 2nd, the high temperature was close to 70 degrees.  The water temperature rose to 50 degrees.

That is what we are waiting for.  March can be a good fishing month.  Temperatures can be Spring-like or Winter-like.  They vary up and down in early March.

On March 15th last year, it was warm.  Fishing was great.  Trout were taking nymphs well.  Dry fly fishing was good at times that week and at times, not so good.  Overall, fishing was very good.

I’m guessing, Spring fishing will begin in two to four weeks, based on years of record keeping.  We are all looking forward to that time.

Our Spring merchandise will start rolling in now.  Those orders were placed last Fall.  We are expecting a busy Spring, unless the weather gets us.  We are in a weather dependent business. 

When the temperatures warm, people start buying tackle.  Fishermen gather around the fly bins, picking out their favorites.  Fishing license sales go out the roof March 1st.  Last year’s Tennessee fishing licenses expire at the end of February.  The phones ring.  People are signing up for schools and looking for guides.  Spring break begins.  It happens all at once, like someone opened a gate or valve.

People will be calling the store to place orders.  Others will be buying online.     

In two weeks, our store will be a different place.  We will be active. Hopefully, the trout and smallmouth bass will be active too.  When they are active, we are active.

It won’t be long and we’ve got this winter storm to get through.

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
February 15, 2015

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